Earlier this week, President Joe Biden rolled out a plan to get at least 70% of American adults vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4. It appears that the NFL heard Biden’s message loud and clear, so they’re taking matters into their own hands.
A recent report from NFL Network Reporter Tom Pelissero suggests that the league is considering barring unvaccinated coaches from face-to-face interactions during league-sanctioned events. This potential ban could include games and team meetings as well.
“Assistant coaches from at least four NFL teams are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and are set to lose Tier 1 status — banning them from the field, meeting rooms and direct interactions with players — if they don’t get a first shot by the end of next week,” Pelissero tweeted.
The NFL is allowing coaches to provide religious or medical reasons in order to get an exemption from taking the vaccine. With that said, coaches without league approved exceptions will be expected to get their first vaccine dose by June 7.
“For many coaches, there are two choices as of now: Get vaccinated or spend the season in your office,” Pelissero added.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not issued a public statement regarding Pelissero’s report as of yet.